Left behind by tim lahaye and jerry b jenkins
Left Behind (Left Behind, #1) by Tim LaHayeIt has been a long time since I read Left Behind, but I have one interesting memory of reading it that remains clear and is, I think, worthy of discussion. Ill get to that memory in a second, but first I must digress.
I read this book for a student of mine. She was a very nice lady who came into my English classes worried for everyones souls (and I say this with all honesty). Left Behind was her favourite novel (her favourite book was The Bible, obviously), and she asked me to read it just after we finished Blakes The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. So I did.
Now back to that memory.
Early on I remember thinking, What a brilliant book this would be if Tim LaHaye was a master of irony on the level of Jonathon Swift. Sure...nothing could save LeHayes clunky prose, but if he conceived of Left Behind as a commentary on fundamentalist believers it would have been a stroke of genius approaching the level of A Modest Proposal.
Then I started reading it that way, letting myself imagine the story as a brilliant commentary, and it made the otherwise execrable experience thoroughly tolerable. I knew it wasnt so, and I couldnt really force myself to believe, but it sure was more fun. I laughed more than I might have, I giggled more than I might have, and I actually wasnt moved to throw this book in our backyard firepit when I finished.
Indeed, when this piece of fundamentalist-pop-fiction kindling was over, I eschewed the flames and dropped it on the book swap shelf of our English Department. Drop a book, take a book is the theory, but there wasnt anything there I hadnt read before, so I simply left my copy of Left Behind for some poor, unsuspecting student to stumble upon.
And the next day it was gone.
I wonder who took that book? Probably a member of LeHayes choir, but Id love for one of my colleagues to have picked it up and read it with the same guilty pleasure I did. Perhaps then I wouldnt feel so sheepish.
LARRY KING LIVE: LEFT BEHIND
Jenkins , dealing with Christian dispensationalist End Times : the pretribulation , premillennial , Christian eschatological interpretation of the Biblical apocalypse. The primary conflict of the series is the members of the Tribulation Force, an underground network of converts, against the NWO -esque organization " Global Community " and its leader, Nicolae Carpathia ; who is also the Antichrist. The series has been adapted into four films to date.
Published by Tyndale House from to The novellas contain elements of science fiction , science fantasy , utopian and dystopian fiction , mystery , and horror , woven within an evangelical narrative. Dramatizations of the novellas were produced for Christian radio by EarFlix. Left Behind: The Kids was published in paperback format. Turtleback Books released library binding editions. New material written by Chris Fabry linking each collection to a novel in the main series is also included.
The obituaries, assessments, and reflections of Tim LaHaye, who died in the wee hours this morning, will be replete with adjectives describing his public persona.
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